The opportunity to actually learn to fence is right around the corner at the Bucks County Academy of Fencing.
The BCAF has two locations: one in Lambertville, N.J. and the other in Hatfield. The Lambertville location was hit hard by Hurricane Ida, but classes are being held at Solebury School in New Hope until repairs at Lambertville are complete.
If you’d like to give fencing a try, the BCAF offers a ‘Taste of Fencing’ program which is a 60-minute lesson once a week for three weeks for $125. Equipment is provided and each student receives a fencing glove that is theirs to keep.
This program offers newcomers an overview of fencing, so they can decide if they’d like to continue with the sport before making a big commitment of time and money.
“There are so many benefits to fencing,” said Mark Holbrow, the head fencing master at BCAF. “It sharpens your agility, balance, reflexes and your mind, and it’s a really good form of exercise.
“Fencing is for everyone; no matter what your age or fitness level, there’s a place for you if you’re interested in learning an exciting, fun sport.”
As fencers improve, they will have the opportunity to compete. The BCAF has produced a number of national champions, some of whom teach in the program, and some younger BCAF students have gone on to fence in college.
Experienced fencers are also welcome, whether to brush up on their skills or get back into competition form.
BCAF offers classes in epee, foil and saber for all ages and abilities. Go to their website, bcaf.com to learn more or register for a class.
PHOTO CAP: Fencers ready and waiting to start training at BCAF-Lambertville.